Ashland County Community Foundation didn’t begin, as many community foundations do, with a large gift from a single wealthy donor.
Our foundation was started in 1995 by a group of charitably-minded community members who each gave what they could. Their goal was to encourage Ashland County residents to invest their charitable gifts in the future of Ashland County.
These first donors made up the original board of trustees. Dr. Lucille Ford served as the foundation’s pro-bona president.
Since then, ACCF has become a trusted philanthropic partner for thousands of families and individuals who want to invest in the future of Ashland County through endowment. Gifts made through Ashland County Community Foundation are never spent. Rather, they are invested, creating income that is used to make grants or provide scholarships each year.
ACCF now has over 500 endowment funds under administration, with assets exceeding $55 million. More than $16 million has been given back to the Ashland County community in the form of grants, scholarships and individual fund distributions.